SCMP: China bets on open-source RISC-V for chip design to minimise potential damage from ‘being cut off’ by US sanctions

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(May 18): A growing number of Chinese chip design firms have adopted open-source RISC-V in their chip designs as an alternative to Intel’s proprietary X86 and Arm’s architecture, in a bid to minimise potential damage from US sanctions and to save on licensing fees, South Morning China Post (SCMP) said.

Of the 20 “premier members” of RISC-V International, the non-profit organisation which changed its base to Switzerland in 2020 to avoid certain US trade regulations, half are Chinese, including Huawei Technologies Co – currently subject to US trade sanctions - as well as Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding, owner of the South China Morning Post.

Siow Chen Ming